Understanding the ‘cultural not remedial’ aspect of Black Vernacular English

“Why don’t you hand in papers in Ebonics since that is how you talk?”

I remember someone asking me this in my early days of grad school. I then explained that, as a student, it was my job to perform particular scholastic duties – including showing a mastery of the traditional APA, MLA, and Chicago Turabian styles of writing.

However, I told him that I use my native tongue – manifested from my years in Oakland, Calif, raised on the music of E-40, Keak Da Sneak and Tony! Toni! Toné!, and on the slang stylings of radio DJs like KMEL’s Chuy Gomez and Sway – in the classroom when I speak because I have no problem being who I am in that space.

But his question made me think about the ways that our use of regional tongues of Black Vernacular English (sometimes referred to as African-American Vernacular English, AAVE, or BVE) is often judged unnecessarily. Not only that, our decisions to use them in particular settings rather than others is often questioned as inauthenticity.

This new video compares Donald Trump’s platform to the Black Panther Party’s

Unfortunately, we should now accept that Donald Trump will be President of the United States come January 20, 2017 (over a month later I’m still experiencing some disbelief in this truth). But what I won’t accept are his disingenuous attempts to be inclusive and to work for Black people.

Muslim Man Claims Delta Airlines Kicked Him Off Flight After Speaking Arabic [VIDEO]

It looks like it doesn’t take a lot to scare airline passengers, as a Muslim man was kicked off of a flight after allegedly speaking Arabic on the phone to his mother and making them “uncomfortable.”

Adam Saleh, who is actually a YouTube star with over 2 million subscribers, was on a Delta Airlines flight to New York City early Wednesday morning, according to Fusion. Saleh claims that after being asked by a flight attendant to lower his voice during the call, he was asked to step off of the plane. That’s when he began to livestream his experience. 

Black Lives Matter, Taiwan’s ‘228 Incident,’ and the Transnational Struggle For Liberation

By: Chanda Hsu Prescod-Weinstein

Someone was selling cigarettes illegally. The State didn’t need the money, but it did want to be in control of how everyday citizens made money. When the authorities showed up, the enforcers could have let the sale of contraband cigarettes go, but they didn’t. Instead, they used force and the cigarette seller ended up on the ground. Not long after, a man was dead.

On first thought, this sounds like it’s just the story of Eric Garner’s death on July 17, 2014 in New York City, USA.

But Eric Garner’s story resonates across the continents and the decades. The story above could have been describing not his death but instead an incident that occurred decades earlier in another hemisphere, with the death of an unnamed man in a crowd that gathered when the cigarette seller was attacked by police on February 27, 1947 in Taipei, Taiwan.

Oprah Talks To Michelle Obama About Fighting The ‘Angry Black Woman’ Stereotype

In less than a month, the Obama family will be out of the White House and moving on to the next chapters of their lives. While many of will surely miss the presence of President Obama, some of us will miss the First Lady even more.

Last night, Michelle Obama sat down for an exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey about her time as First Lady, the future of the White House and even if she’d consider going into politics herself, according to USA Today.

Chance the Rapper Brings Christmas On ‘SNL’ With “Jingle Barack”

Christmas is less than a week away so we’re running out of time to get into the Christmas spirit. Luckily, Chance the Rapper took advantage of his appearance on Saturday Night Live! to help us out.

The Chicago rapper joined up with SNL”s Kenan Thompson to celebrate the last Christmas with Barack Obama in office by spoofing Run-DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis.” 

Viola Desmond, Canadian Civil Rights Leader, To Be Featured On $10 Note

Canada is taking steps to make their currency more representative by introducing the first woman to their notes. Viola Desmond, a Canadian civil rights icon, will be featured on the $10 note, taking the place of John A Macdonald, the country’s first prime minister. Macdonald will move to a higher currency when the change happens in 2018. 

Stop What You’re Doing and Watch ‘Chewing Gum’ on Netflix

In light of the political moment, a little bit of escapism is just what the doctor ordered. You’ll find that and more in the delightful 2013 UK comedy Chewing Gum, released on Netflix this October. Led by the endearing Michaela Coel, the show is a fun opportunity to engage with a young woman inexperienced in life and love but determined to make her way.

Kanye West Meets With Donald Trump

Kanye West shocked fans last month when he declared his loyalty to President-elect Donald Trump on stage during his Saint Pablo Tour. He would later be hospitalized citing exhaustion, which many viewed as a sign that he was in the middle of a concerning downward spiral into depression and paranoia.

After being released from the hospital just a few days ago, West is seemingly doubling down on his Donald Trump endorsement.

Marc Lamont Hill Compares Ben Carson’s Leadership To Ghostface Killah’s In Hilarious Clip

Several things about Black people are true. First, we are not to be outdone. Second, we often disrupt the status quo. Third, we can find similarities between many everyday political experiences and our own Black Experiences with relative ease. In this clip of Morehouse professor, author, and all-around dope individual Marc Lamont Hill in conversation with CNN’s Don Lemon and three other pundits, Hill supplies proper evidence for all three of the phenomena I already mentioned above.